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Half of Europe’s adults overweight or obese: Report

More than half of adults in European Union are overweight or obese, piling pressure onto their own health, their nations’ health systems and the wider economy, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the EU Commission said yesterday.

More than half of adults in European Union are overweight or obese, piling pressure onto their own health, their nations’ health systems and the wider economy, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the EU Commission said yesterday.

In a report on health in the 27-member bloc, the Paris-based OECD and the Brussels-based Commission said the rate of obesity has more than doubled over the past 20 years in most member states.

It also found that one in seven EU children is overweight or obese, and said the figures are set to rise even further.

“This has considerable implications for costs of healthcare,” it said, citing a recent study on England which forecast that total costs linked to overweight and obesity could increase by as much as 70 percent between 2007 and 2015.

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